Hoi An

8 05 2010

Took a bus from Hue to Hoi An. It was air conditioned, but very poorly so it was still incredibly hot. We arrived around 12pm (left Hue around 8am) and didn’t want to stay at the hotel it dumped us at so we wandered around in the heat trying to find another place. Finally we found the hotel we were looking for – with a swimming pool and rooms for $15 a night. We had lunch (after watching You’ve Got Mail on TV) at a small veg place down the road. There was a tiny tiny ginger kitten at the shop that was so cute. We ate a bowl of noodles for about $1 each before returning to the hotel for a swim and rest in the air con.

We went out to dinner at a vegan restaurant that was wanting to become a Loving Hut store. We had our cheapest meal yet – noodle soup or rice with tofu and veg for about 60 cents a dish (10000 dong). They had homemade soymilk made by the mum that was so tasty we asked to buy a bottle to take with us. They poured it into an empty water bottle- hygiene and food handling safety mean something different here.

The next morning we went out early to the markets where we stocked up on water, pineapple, bananas, thongs and a Tintin t-shirt for Benno along with a conical hat for shade. 6 bananas or a whole pineapple cost 60 cents (10000 dong) which is pretty cheap. We booked an early morning (5am) tour to My Son for tomorrow and returned for a mid-morning swim at 10am.

We were very happy to have booked the early morning tour – even at 5am when the sun came up it was hot. We tried to sneak out of the hotel,  but woke up the workers sleeping on the floor in front of the door under mosquito nets. The van took about an hour to get to My Son, then we had lots of time to wander around the ruins of the Cham people. It was about 8am by this time, and getting pretty sweaty. I’m glad we didn’t go for the later tour that left Hoi An at 8am because there was little shelter around the ruined temples and it would have been mighty hot. We arrived back at the hotel around 9am, slept a bit more, checked out, collected some tailored clothes, had lunch, collected some other clothes, went swimming, posted the new clothes home, had dinner and waited for our sleeper bus to Nha Trang. The bus was meant to come pick us up between 5.30 and 6 pm but we were kept waiting until about 7pm – probably good because it meant less time on the bus. The Vietnamese pop music didn’t cease the entire journey.